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Q: Background concerning the discovery of Ribbon Candy ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: Background concerning the discovery of Ribbon Candy
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: ferd06098-ga
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Posted: 14 Aug 2003 19:22 PDT
Expires: 13 Sep 2003 19:22 PDT
Question ID: 244952
I'm interested in locating a article that appeared some 10+ years ago
in the Parade insert of my Sunday newspaper, (Hartford Courant). The
subject of the article was the origin of Christmas ribbon candy, first
made in Winsted
Connecticut. A gentleman by the name of Atkins is credited with
making the machine (wooden rolls) that made the first, crude ribbon
candy. As I recall the article included pictures of the mechanism.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Background concerning the discovery of Ribbon Candy
From: journalist-ga on 15 Aug 2003 15:36 PDT
Greetings Ferd06098:

Although I could not locate the article that you seek, I have located
another name to the claim of the ribbon candy maker inventor.

"I'm enclosing a copy of an ad for a candy crimper which was invented
by my grandfather, Lorenzo Thomas Yoder. Today we call the confection
made by the machine "ribbon candy". Grandfather sold his candy is a
store in Pittsburgh and mother remembered him distributing his wares
by horse and buggy in smaller communities surrounding Pittsburgh."
[The ad is not present on this site, just a reference to it.]

Then, on the page at :
"May 13, 1847- Lorenzo T. Yoder (OY42413) was born--inventor of the
candy crimper (see YNL 27 page 8)"


Here are links to the making of ribbon candy:

Making Hard Candy - Behind the scenes at Fabiano's Homemade Candies
"For the beautiful, delicate ribbon candy,  the candy is first pulled
and flattened into a smooth, ribbon-like length of candy.   Dan snips
the ribbon to the desired length, then Steve carefully runs the candy
through a hand-cranked wooden crimper."
[Shows a close-up of a ribbon candy crimper in Figure 11.]

How Ribbon Candy is Made at Kellerhaus


An old catalog for sale that mentions "ribbon candy crimper":
"04842-M0496LEAL- Catalogue & Formula Book- SETHNESS CO., THE SETHNESS
CANDY MAKER, Chicago. Vol.3, No.5, Jan 1927. "Issued In The Interests
Of The Candy Industry." Flavorings, ingredients for candies; supplies
& equipment for making--mold patterns, candy cutters and markers,
pans, kettles, hooks, hatchets, bowls, dripping boards, grates, drop
machines, dripping pots, nut choppers, gas furnace, paper goods for
boxing, ribbon candy crimper, scrapers, jaggers, drum stand supplies;
granite & copper ware cans, pails, measures, funnels, etc. Hand
trucks, coopers' hammer, stencil shipping items, brushes. Jars, tanks,
cylinders, pumps, statch bellows, cork screw, scales, all types of
tools. Much more. Delightful stuff! Makes your mouth water! Full of
great formulas. How about Boston Fudge or Dixie Peanut Cream or French
Cream Bon Bons or Fig Pan Caramel? Scores more. These are bulk
recipes, but it appears that the quantities given wouldn't be too much
trouble to dispose of! Some cover discoloration, otherwise very good.
Coated stock pages. 5-1/2" x 8-1/4" x 64pp. $75.00"

I hope another Researcher will be able to assist you by finding the
exact article you seek.

Best regards,


"ribbon candy" crimper
"candy crimper"
"candy crimper" inventor
Subject: Re: Background concerning the discovery of Ribbon Candy
From: pinkfreud-ga on 15 Aug 2003 16:07 PDT
This site says that ribbon candy was invented in the 1880s in Winsted,
CT, but does not give the inventor's name or any additional details:

"Located on Routes 8 and 44, the township of Winsted was founded in
1778, on land contributed by the surrounding Winchester and
Barkhamsted townships. Home to ribbon candy (invented in the

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